The Romantic Rhine: Amsterdam to Basel - Southbound

2015 Prices From $3,990 for 8 Days - Tauck Cruising

“From one enchanting aspect to another in ceaseless procession... Never an unlovely one...” In the summer of 1878 Mark Twain settled his family in Heidelberg, where he wrote of the River Rhine... where mountains rise abruptly from the water’s edge, ancient castles perch aloft, keeping watch over comings and goings, gentle valleys and ancient winelands lure, spas give respite, cathedrals speak to powerful times, plains and woods catch the eye, and a river travels – connecting centuries of history, cities of the arts and crossroads of thought. Discover the heritage and beauty of the River Rhine, on a 7-night cruise between Amsterdam and Basel aboard one of Tauck’s intimate riverboats. Visit the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland, exploring regional delights in the historic cities, towns and countryside linked by the Rhine. Set your own pace with choices along the way: castle visits, bicycling, mountain heights, a spa resort and more.


  1. Itinerary
  2. Pricing & Availability
  3. Accommodations
  4. Before You Go
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  1. Southbound

    Day 1

    Arrive Amsterdam and embark your riverboat



    Day 2

    Canals, museums and more in Amsterdam


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    Day 3

    A day in Köln


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    Day 4

    Choice of sightseeing – Koblenz or bicycling on the Rhine


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    Day 5

    Choice of sightseeing – Speyer or Heidelberg Castle


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    Day 6

    Sightseeing in Strasbourg or Baden-Baden


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    Day 7

    Mt. Pilatus or wine tasting along the Alsatian wine route


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    Day 8

    Journey home



    Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.
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